Studio Job - Studio Job at Venice Biennale 2019

Studio Job was founded in 1998 by Job Smeets in the renaissance spirit, combining traditional and modern techniques to produce once-in-a-lifetime objects. At once highly specific and yet entirely universal, personally expressive and yet experimental, Studio Job has crafted a body of work that draws upon classical, popular and contemporary design and highly visual and sculptural art.



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08 May 2019

For Venice Biennale Arte 2019 Studio Job will be presenting a new art-piece Painters Block alongside their classic bronze sculpture Sinking Ship.

Painters Block, Studio Job, 2015
Painters Canvas, Gesso, Oil Paint, Hand Forged Chain, Saddle Leather
110cm high without chain, diameter of approx. 35cm

Sinking Ship, Studio Job, 2015
Patinated and polished bronze, hand blown glass, hand painting, LED
65 x 94 x 59 cm

Sinking Ship is an allegory to the current political moment in Europe. It represents the fall of old Europe, and how this reflects the recent political sentiments in this time we are living in, with all the threats and instability, the pretentiousness and manipulation of the politics. That this exhibition is being held in Venice, Italy, which itself has recently elected a populist government, makes it a deeply appropriate opportunity to address such themes.

Back at the turn of the last century the Titanic was representative of a modern society which believed itself invincible and beyond reproach, they built this ship as a representation all the luxury and infallibility of the modern life, yet it sank on its maiden voyage. With this work, Studio Job remind us that no amount of opulence will save us from our inevitable sinking – perhaps even in to the Grand Canal that the Ca’ d’Oro faces.

Carpenters Workshop Gallery in partnership with the Lombard Odier Group are proud to present DYSFUNCTIONAL at Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’d’Oro on the Grand Canal during Biennale Arte 2019.